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In celebration of the 126th Philippine Independence Day, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo cordially invites you to a webinar on Women, Peace, and Security

Among the untold stories of the Marawi Siege of 2017 was the quiet but successful engagement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil-Military Operations Unit with the local communities in Lanao del Sur. In a show of respect for the leadership and culture of the local communities, the AFP, in partnership with civil society and non-government organizations, organized and deployed the Hijab Troopers, a group of female members of the AFP’s CMO, and 40 female members of the PNP.

The Hijab Troopers provided the necessary interface with the local leadership of Lanao del Sur, and served the internally displaced people (IDPs) by providing medical and educational services. In the words of Colonel Jo-Ar A. Herrera who conceptualized this arrangement, the idea to create a battalion made up of Hijab Troopers was an “innovation in soft power”, as there was a need to engage with the local leadership and members of the local community, who were the most affected by the conflict in Marawi. The troops, both male and female, were all sensitive to the requirements of the local traditions and cultures, and their respect was manifested by the donning of the hijab by female troops.

As we continue to recognize the role of women in peace and security, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo is pleased to invite you to a one-hour webinar to present the experience and insights of the men and women who participated in this highly recognized program. Join us on 19 June 2024 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Japan Standard Time)/9:00 am-10:00 am to (Philippine Standard Time), in a one-hour session with Colonel Jo-Ar A. Herrera of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Military Operations Unit.

Attached is the program of the webinar.